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Top 10 Fun Facts About My Mum ~ Celebrating Mother’s Day

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Sunday May 11th is Mother’s Day, and to honour my amazing mother, I’ve decided to feature her in my Top 10 Fun Facts series.

I am reminded in some way, every day, how very lucky I am to still have my mum around.  She is 81 years young, and despite dealing with many severe health issues, she still enjoys life in every way she can.  She is a true inspiration to me.  She never complains about her daily struggles, instead she chooses to focus on the things that make her happy: like spending time with family, and joining in on all the activities at the retirement home.

Growing up, my mum was an amazing mum to me.  She took care of me, supported me, kept me safe, played with me, spoiled me, rescued me from some bullies, and ALWAYS made me feel so very loved.

So here’s to a very Happy Mother’s Day to my special mum…and to all the special mother’s out there!  Enjoy your day!

Top 10 Fun Facts About My Mum

1. My mum is a very talented artist.  She discovered she could paint back in the 1980’s in Toronto, and produced at least 30 masterpieces over the years.  Talent runs in her genes.  Her cousin is famous Canadian “ghost painter” James Lumbers.

2. My mum spent 5 years taking a cocktail of medications for Parkinson’s Disease.  Turns out – she was misdiagnosed.  She never had Parkinson’s Disease.

3. My mum spent those 5 years (and many more) volunteering for the Parkinson’s Society. She worked tirelessly for her local chapter, and ended up becoming the Vice-President of the chapter.  She was awarded a national award for her service to the Parkinson’s Society.

4. My mum quit smoking, cold turkey, in her 40’s.  She had been smoking over a pack a day before quitting. I’m certain this inspirational act is responsible for giving me many more years to spend with her.

5. My mum has a fantastic sense of humour…with just a touch of naughty!  Attending a family dinner at my parents’ place often meant you would get to see my mum’s special apron she would wear while serving drinks.  The front of the apron looked like a pair of men’s short.  The fly would open up, and inside you would find a…..bottle opener.  She made many people laugh with that apron.  Then there was the fart machine…

6. My mum is one of those friends you can always count on. She would do anything to help a friend in need: bring dinner to a sick friend, drive friends anywhere they needed to go, spend time learning about a disease or problem that a friend is dealing with to get a better understanding of what they were going through – this list is endless.

7. My mum spent countless days at hospital with me as a child as I battled problems related to my disability. She stayed by my side and was my biggest protector and advocate.

8. My mum was such a “cool” mum when I was a teenager.  When I got sick and couldn’t attend a long-awaited Culture Club concert with my cousin, my mum immediately volunteered to go. mum got to see that Karma Chameleon himself, Boy George, in concert, and I missed out.

9. My mum indulged my silly teenage crush by painting me a picture of my crush, John Taylor of Duran Duran. I adored that painting.

10. My mum supported every crazy thing I did as a teenager.  She let me spike my hair and dye it all kinds of colours, she let me wear whatever crazy 80’s New Wave/Punk fashion I wanted to, and she let me play (repeatedly) all that 80’s music that probably drove her nuts – yet she never complained once.

One more thing about my mum.  All her life she has been told by numerous people that she looks like Queen Elizabeth.  I totally agree. Except I think she is more beautiful.  What do you think?


Thanks, Mum, for all you’ve ever done for me, from cutting happy faces in my bologna, to playing card games and board games with me night after night, to taking me on many fun shopping trips, to always being there for me – no matter what I did, or how I treated you, or let you down.

Happy Mother’s Day Mum! I love you with all my heart! You are a one-in-a-million Mum!

To my readers: What would be on your Top 10 List about YOUR mum? Please share at least one thing with me…I’d love to know!

***EDIT*** Mum passed away in hospital 3 weeks after falling and breaking her hip in the fall of 2016. I miss her more and more every day.




My thoughts are with my special friends, Paula and Natalie, who both lost their moms this past year.  Reading your posts over the last few months has inspired me to write this one.  Thank you xoxo.

  1. September 29, 2016

    Jo-Anne pfoh

    What an amazing tribute

    • October 3, 2016


      Thank you Jo-Anne <3

  2. June 5, 2014

    Brenda A

    What a great list! She sounds like a very determined and accomplished woman. I love that you will always have her paintings.

    • March 18, 2016


      She is Brenda! I am very thrilled to have some of her paintings. They are a real treasure 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  3. May 12, 2014

    Joann @ Woman in Real Life

    She sounds amazing! And she is definitely more lovely than Queen Elizabeth. What a sweet tribute.

    BTW, I was all about Nick Rhodes. Can she paint me a picture? 😉

    • May 12, 2014


      Thanks so much, Joann 🙂 Lol! A fellow “Duranie” 🙂 Nick was my second fave! Sadly, my mum’s painting days are over, but if she were still painting, I’m sure she would! Not that you’d actually want one now, I bet, lol. Thanks for stopping by, Joann!

    • May 11, 2014


      Yes, I’ve always been impressed with how she quit and never looked back 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to comment, Little Miss Kate!

  4. May 10, 2014


    Your mum was my saviour. She welcomed me into your home often and always warmly (even when I wasn’t so nice to her baby girl…). She made the best grilled cheese sandwiches – I still make them today like she did – and was the calm amongst my Grade 8 storm when my dad died and my house was angry and unhappy and somewhere I couldn’t bear to be.

    I remember your mum quitting smoking – using Lifesavers! How funny and appropriate. Love your mum. xo

    • May 11, 2014


      Awww Annie! What a super nice comment 🙂 I had NO idea you felt that way about my mum. I will definitely tell her. I’m so glad to hear that our home was a place to “escape” everything at that time. did she make her grilled cheese sandwiches? I totally forget! Thanks so much for stopping by to comment, Annie!! XO

    • May 9, 2014


      Thanks so much, Suzanne 🙂 Happy Mother’s Day to you too! Thanks for stopping by to comment!

  5. May 9, 2014


    Sandy, what a lovely write up about your Mom. She sounds like an amazing woman. By the way, your mother looks fantastic!!! This brought tears to my eyes as well:)

    • May 9, 2014


      Thanks very much, cjm! I bet your mom is just as amazing 🙂 My mum will love your comment about how she looks. Yes, this was a tough one to write…inbetween tears. Thanks for stopping by to comment! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  6. May 9, 2014


    Your mom is very beautiful!! What an inspiring lady! Thank you for sharing her with me! I’m not surprised as her daughter is very inspring as well!

    • May 9, 2014


      You’re so sweet, Jenn! Thanks for all the great comments 🙂 They mean a lot. I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!! Thanks for stopping by.

  7. May 9, 2014


    This brought tears to my eyes. The love and admiration you have for your mom is so obvious! How lovely! And she certainly is one cool lady!! Love this! Now I’m going to get off my computer and go hug mine 🙂 Happy Mommy’s Day to you and your mom!

    • May 9, 2014


      Awww 🙂 Thanks DeBalino! I’m glad it shows because I love her to bits! Definitely go hug your mom! Happy Mother’s Day to you, and thanks for stopping by!

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